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WLG Club10k - Week 1


WEEK 1 Newsletter

Welcome to your 10km team

Welcome to Club10k and for many of you - welcome back! We have some new faces joining us as well as those of our runners who are stepping up from Get up to Five and also some of you have done Club10k before, it's great to have you all on board. 

Every Thursday evening for the next 8 weeks we will be sending you a newsletter like this which includes the following week's session details, education, inspiration and any specific information about the following week's runs. 

Over the next 8 weeks we will work together as a team to get you running 10k and for those of you who have just done your 10k - this time we are looking for improvement in speed. There will be be some challenging days and days where you feel on top of the world, together we will get you there in a way that you can be proud of.  

Oriental Parade, your training ground for the next 8 weeks

This Week's Sessions

Note: If you have done Club10k before but not recently (e: not our May 2019 team), we have made changes to the Club10k programme. Please refer to the sessions below, the Session Outline and the programme to download. You also need to bring a mat/towel to the sessions.

  • Monday 8 July, 6.10am
    Circuit / Long Interval Session
    Meeting Point: Waitangi Park (Herd Street end by the playground)
    click here for location
    Please bring a mat to the session

  • Wednesday 10 July, 6.10am
    Circuit / Short Interval Session
    Meeting Point: Waitangi Park (Herd Street end by the playground)
    click here for location
    Please bring a mat to the session

  • Saturday 13 July, 7:30am
    Endurance Session
    Meeting Point: Shorland Park, Island Bay click here
    Course Map: Click here
    Please bring a mat to the session

Course Description:
All roads are open, please stick to the road rules 100%. Your safety is your own responsibility. Note: Start your watches once you have crossed over and are on the waterfront  pathway. 

  • Start by crossing over The Esplanade carefully and turn left - running along the waterfront pathway towards Houghton Bay.

  • At relevant turnaround marker, turnaround and run back towards Shorland Park.

  • Run back to Shorland Park, cross over The Esplanade carefully back to the finish.

  • KM Markers out: 3km, 4km.

Note: Beginner Programme Level
At the 3km marker, walk for 2.5mins, then turnaround, walk 2.5mins then jog 3km back to finish. 

Click on image to enlarge (Saturday's Session)


How the sessions work 

Roll Calls: 

When you arrive, please "check in" with the coach taking the group Roll Call at every session. If you know you are going to be away for a few sessions in a row, flick us an email so we can note at our end and not worry when you are MIA!

Bring a Watch:

You need a watch with a stopwatch function as many of your sessions are based on time that you need to keep track of yourselves. Also some Saturday sessions (for the beginner level) also have a timed run component. 

Key Bag:

We have a key bag for your car keys and will look after these for you during the session. Any other gear that you bring is your responsibility, we did have some gear stolen once, so if you leave gear at the meeting point, make sure it is gear that you wouldn’t mind losing just in case.  


We will take you through stretches at the end of your session then you are free to go!

Session Outline

You have 3 groups session a week, below is an outline of each session. 


Monday morning 6.10am
Location: Waitangi Park

Our coach will guide you through this session. The session starts with the strength circuit where you do 3 rounds of strength/core and explosive movements with recoveries in in between, The circuit is approx 20mins in duration.

Following the circuit you head out on an “out and back run” with long intervals. Start with an easy running set (refer your programme) then the longer interval is higher intensity for the duration outlined on your programme. This intensity is uncomfortable running but at a pace that you know you can hold for the full duration.

You will see on your programme there is a turnaround time for each session. You head out in one direction and then at the turnaround time specified you head back continuing with your interval sets.

Please know what you are doing in each Interval Session and you need to keep track of your sets/time within the session. 

CIRCUIT/short Intervals SESSION

Wednesday morning 6.10am
Location: Waitangi Park

Same as the above LONG Interval session but the intervals are shorter. You want to aim for higher intensity for these shorter interval sets (refer your programme).

Please know what you are doing in each Interval Session and you need to keep track of your sets/time within the session. 


Saturday morning 7.30am
Location: Various

This is your long run session. You will see on your programme that the distances increase each week until we get to the longest run in Week 5.  Refer to your programme and weekly newsletters for each week's session. 

Download your programme

Please download your Club10k programme that you will follow over the next 8 weeks:

Download the programme (.xlsx) PLUS have a look at the Circuit Movements (below)
Download the programme (.pdf) PLUS have a look at the Circuit Movements (below)

Circuit Movements: As part of your Club10k programme you do a coach-lead body weight strength circuit at the start of each session, there are 2 circuits within the 8 week programme:
Download the Circuit Movements (PDF)

Within the Club10k programme there are 3 different levels you can choose from: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. The main difference is the Saturday run distances and the other solo runs during the week. 

As we are starting a new training block, we want to give you a recovery yoga sequence to do once or twice a week during this 8 week programme. 

This simple 20-minute sequence includes poses that will work to increase your mobility and ease postrun discomfort. It can be used to help aid recovery after a long run or race but can also be used as a way to work in a quick yoga session after a shorter run.

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  • Because a lot of the programme is based on timed running make sure you bring your own watch to every run. It doesn't need to be flash, just with a stopwatch function. If you do have a GPS watch - they are an awesome tool for your training and enable you to pace yourself wisely. 

  • Please bring a headlamp to the sessions, the mornings are very dark. It is for your safety so you can see - but also be seen!

  • Shower Facilities:
    If you need shower facilities after your session during the week you can use the showers at Freyberg Pool just next door to Waitangi Park. The cost is $3 per visit. Click here for location of Freyberg Pool.

  • Having the right gear will increase your chances for consistency - as you are more likely to get to a session if you are prepared. Warm layers and wet weather gear are key so have them on standby just in case ;o)

  • Please check your shoes!
    Shoes are the tool of the runners have to have good shoes for this journey you are about to start. Shoe Clinic are our local shoe fitting specialists, who will ensure you have the right footwear for your journey ahead. They know their stuff and offer a 30 Day Money Back Guarantee if you’re not 100% happy with your shoes.

  • Our journey begins, we can wait to watch your progress over the next 8 weeks. 

'There will be days that you have every excuse under the sun not to go to a session. These are the very sessions that you absolutely HAVE to go to as these are the ones that give you the best sense of achievement.' – Pam Thomas

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